Asked by: Jay Rhys
asked in category: General Last Updated: 13th February, 2020

Should you stagger decking boards?

Give It a Dry Run and Stagger the Boards
Do a dry run of your boards by laying them out before attaching to the frame. If your deck dimensions are longer than your decking boards, staggering the joints is important when laying decking boards. The staggered boards improve stability and the appearance of the deck.

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In respect to this, what is the proper gap between deck boards?

The goal is to have about an 1/8-inch gap (the diameter of an 8d nail) between boards after the decking has dried to its equilibrium moisture content. If the decking is installed wet, as is often the case for pressure treated material, it is best to install the boards tight, letting gaps form as the wood dries.

Additionally, how do I make sure deck boards are square? Measure the distance from one corner of the ledger board (the rim joist attached to the house) to the opposite corner on the outside of the deck. Then, measure the distance between the opposite two corners. If the two measurements are equal, the deck is square.

Consequently, can you use 2x6 for deck boards?

Wood decking is commonly available in 2x6 and 5/4 x 6 profiles. 5/4 x 6 is produced specifically for decking and is milled with a radius edge or bull nose. 2x6 is thicker and is stronger, but is also more expensive. Spacing between deck boards provide a few critical functions.

Do you pre drill decking boards?

Pre-drilling is not just about wood-splitting. It fundamentally changes the nature of the joint. Take the example of screwing decking to joists. If you were to pre-drill the deck board so the hole was WIDER than the screw but the screw is allowed to bite into the joist.

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